Blog Faculty Spotlight

David Orenstein, Ph.D. – Professor/Social & Behavioral Sciences

David Orenstein

Dr. David I. Orenstein is a tenured full professor of Anthropology who is the co-author of two books, 2015’s Godless Grace: How Non-Believers are Making the World Safer Richer and Kinder, and November 2019’s Darwin’s Apostles: The Men Who Fought to Have Evolution Accepted, Their Times, and How the Battle Continues. A primatologist by early training, he has written for numerous national and international freethinker and science publications.

Dr. Orenstein is a noted civil and human rights activist, representing the American Humanist Association at the United Nations through the NGO/DPI program. Dr. Orenstein is a sought-after speaker on human rights, science education and evolution acceptance. He has spoken on these topics nationally, in Europe and Asia. He is also an ordained humanist chaplain who serves on the board of several local and national organizations. Including, The Secular Humanist Society of New York; The Broader Social Impacts Committee of the Hall of Human Origins/Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC, and also served as a board member and treasurer for the Center for Freethought Equality.